One Saturday morning, six-year-old Bryan decided to fix his parents pancakes for breakfast. He found a big bowl and spoon, pulled a chair to the counter, opened the cupboard, and pulled out the heavy flour canister, spilling it on the floor. He scooped up some of the flour into the bowl with his hands, mixed in most of a cup of milk, and added some sugar leaving behind a floury trail on the floor which, by now, had a few tracks left by the kitten. Bryan himself was covered with flour and getting very frustrated.
He wanted this to be something very good and special for his Mom and Dad, but the scene was getting very bad. He did not know what to do next–whether to put it all into the oven or on the stove. He did remember that he did not know how the stove worked! Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Kitty licking from the bowl of mix and as he reached over to push her away, he knocked the egg carton onto the floor. Frantically, he tried to clean up this monumental mess, but he slipped on the eggs, and his pajamas became all white and sticky.
Just then, he saw Dad standing at the door. Big crocodile tears welled up in Bryan’s eyes. All he wanted to do was something good, but he had made a terrible mess. He was sure a scolding was coming–maybe even a spanking, but his father just watched him. The father then went to his crying son, picked him up in his arms, and hugged and loved him getting his own pajamas white and sticky in the process.
That is how God deals with us. We try to do something good in life, but it turns into a mess. Our marriage gets all sticky, we insult a friend, we can no longer tolerate our job, or our health goes sour. Sometimes, we just stand there in tears because we cannot think of anything else to do. That is when God picks us up and hugs and loves us–even when our messes get all over God.
Just because we make a mess, however, does not mean that we should not stop trying to “make pancakes” for others and for God. Sooner or later, we are going to get it right, and then we will be glad we kept on trying. We may even learn how to use the stove!
Because Christ lives in us as believers, we can remain faithful and confident through all things. Perseverance reveals that our faith is real. Without this enduring faithfulness, we could easily be blown away by the winds of temptation, false teachings or a multitude of other of life’s curves that may come our way.
“May we never tire of doing what is good and right before our Lord because in his season we shall bring in a great harvest if we can just persist. So seize any opportunity the Lord gives you to do good things and be a blessing to everyone, especially those within our faithful family.” (Galatians 6:9-10)